MELTED SPACE - BETWEEN (Season Of Mist)
(Review by Mike D.)
Melted space is a band created by the French pianist/composer Pierre La Pape. The band offers Progressive Opera Metal in the line of Ayreon and Avantasia. La Pape makes use of some guest vocalists by the names of Liv Kristine (Leaves Eye), Emmanuel Lévy (Wormwood), Black Messiah (Seth) and Ashmedi from Melechesh. “Between” is Melted Space’s second effort, actually not a full-length album but rather an EP regarding the story of Romelus and Remus, the founders of Rome.
“Between” starts with a very bombastic, orchestral intro. After the intro we hear Liv Kristine on the first song as she steps right into her role as ‘The She Wolf - The Mother Of Romelus And Remus’. Make notice of the fact that this song contains many double bass drums, something you will hear on a regular basis throughout the entire album. This track sounds very bombastic and contains some nice tempo changes as well. Coming up next we get a little intermezzo where I don’t know what the use of it is. Then it’s time for Emmanuel Lévy and Black Messiah to unleash their voices. Emmanuel does the clean voice in the role of Remus, Black Messiah deliver the grunt duties as he’s supposed to be Romelus. While both sing together, Dimmu Borgir linger on.
Before some bonus stuff, we have one original song to go, this time featuring the voice of both Liv Kristine and Ashmedi from the band Melechesh. Lowered tempo in the beginning, very intriguing or even demonic before all hell breaks loose. From that moment, this song changes into a very bombastic and powerful composition with lots of double bass drums. After this song we get the extra tracks, actually remakes from Melted Space’s first album “From The Past”. The first two bonus ones are acoustic editions of both songs ‘When I Was A God’ and ‘Dante’s Memory’. Finally we get served an operatic version of ‘War For The World’.
“Between” became a nice work but unfortunately, the power of soulmates Ayreon or Avantasia is lacking. Melted Space is a potential loaded band those who need some more time to develop their own style and skills as time passes by. Afterwards, this will be a great and ! Check ‘em out at their Facebook page.
My Points: 78 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish